Tony Kushner to Write the Screenplay for the He Wanted the Moon Movie

By Maryann Yin Comment

Wanted the Moon Cover (GalleyCat)Tony Kushner has signed on to write a movie script based on the memoir, He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him. Mimi Baird, the daughter of Dr. Perry Baird, and Eve Claxton, the co-writer, collaborated together on this recently released nonfiction book.

According to Deadline, the medical doctor focused his research on the biochemistry of depression. Rumor has it that Brad Pitt may take on the role of Perry Baird.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Mimi Baird discovered a manuscript her father had written while committed (it detailed his escape attempts, his divorce and his fall from grace in the medical community) and then began piecing together the heartbreaking circumstances that occurred decades earlier when father left her at the age of six and the rest of the family refused to talk about him.” (via Yahoo! Movies)